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is 12 years too old? should we replace combi boiler?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by scrambler, 2 Jan 2017.

  1. scrambler

    scrambler

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    hi - in the middle of almost ground up renovation. - and we have a leaky valve on the boiler..

    but aside from that seemed to be working well. nice hot water and radiators.

    since we are stripped back and about to start moving radiators. do you think we should replace boiler?

    or is it some thing we can do down the road if it does fail?

    its a Baxi combi boiler.

    tia
     
  2. Dan Robinson

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    Well that narrows it down a bit. :rolleyes:
     
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  3. AGAS

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    thats like asking someone what car have you got and me saying its a ford :rolleyes:
     
  4. scrambler

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    I have a toyota :)

    but I will go check the specific model tomorrow.

    sorry thought it was more a general discussion - like Lada's would rust and drop to bits in 5 minutes. Italian cars are ok until it rains.. and Chinese Brakes are made out of cheese :D
     
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    well some baxi are shyte and some are not ;)

    don't you think a general discussion about your boiler would help if you knew what boiler you had ? shall we have a general discussion about your renovations ;)(y)
     
  6. Mikefromlondon

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    I still drive a 27 year old car, because it has not broken down yet, I keep driving it, one day when it breaks down, i might get it fixed and drive it for another may be 10 years before I think I have had enough of it, but yes some people do think when a car is more than 5 years old we should change it regardless, as for boilers it is common myth mostly by those companies who operate boiler repair insurance plan that if your boiler is more than 10 years old, they are beyond economical repairs, so they tend to offer you a replacement boiler at a preferential price for being a loyal customer which usually means they want you to have a new boiler from them, even if you don't really need one, one maintained regularly can still provide another 5 years of good service. (just my opinion)
     
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    A good example of why a professional opinion is often worth paying for.
     
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  8. snes

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    Could be a good time to renew the boiler if it needs repositioning. Be horrible to disturb your renovations at a later date.

    However, if not, and you say the boiler is working well, leave well alone.
     
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    Yes I fell for on, when my sine 18 had been running fine all along for so many years (1975-1994) that is when I renovated my kitchen and extended it and the builder suggested that I should go for a new boiler as it would take lesser space and I fell for it! That boiler would have been working well even today. He probably got commission for referring work to a local GSE.
     
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    Pfft, not likely - I've never heard of any GSEs paying commission for leads from builders!
     
  11. Dan Robinson

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    There weren't any Gas Safe Engineers in 1994. :rolleyes: dumbass.
     
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    I know my builder did get something when I heard him say laughingly to the installer on completion as he was leaving, "Oay! don't forget you owe me a drink" and he winked his eye! (how much was paid to my builder I don't know)
    quite a common practice among many other professions too.

    like for instance, you may have come across many companies openly offering incentives ( I call them bribes) "Introduce a family member or a friend, we will give you a £50 M&S Voucher" etc. etc. Even bigger companies get involved in these illicit practices BOAC springs to mind in a deal with Saudis.

    and Don't forget my cut! ;)
     
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  13. bernardgreen

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    Also known as finders fees.

    And the other one is the installers who can give a longer warranty than other installers can offer for the same equipment. Gets more work for the installers who are recognised by the manufacturer. The longer warranty may still be voided if the small print terms in the contract are not complied with. Sometimes attending an expensive training course is the reason the manufacturer can "recognise" the installer. To be fair sometimes it is the manufacturer's sales department that pays for the training. People will be tempted to buy manufacturer X's product if it comes with a longer warranty than a similar product from manufacturer Y
     
  14. John D v2.0

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    Simple answer is boilers don't expire based on age, some are condemned after 5 years, my parents is going strong after about 22. However it's like the builders shovel - 5 new blades and 3 new handles but still going strong!
     
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  15. Razor900

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    Wow the builder was a professional gas fitter as well?

    Might as well have asked the cat!
     
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